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Henryville horse farm loses nearly everything including animals in tornado

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Before the storm, you couldn't have asked for a better post card setting for Ledbetter's family farm.

"We've been remodeling the farm house since the year 2000," said Roger Ledbetter.

When the tornado ripped through Henryville, for a split second, time stood still, and then everything was changed.

"My mother-in-law and father-in-law lived inside the house. We were able to get them out before the storm, so they are safe they are living with us," said Ledbetter. 

Nothing remains of the six car garage and barn. His in-laws' house can't be saved. 

"They lost basically everything," said Ledbetter. "They've gone through the house and picked up little knick knacks here and there and it would just hardly amount to anything."

What makes this even more heartbreaking is the fact that his animals had no where to go. Ledbetter's farm sits right off of Henryville Otisco Road and he says of his 99 acres, the twister left nothing untouched.

Three of his seven horses had to be put down. Ledbetter said he can only imagine what pain his horse named Henry was going through.

"He had a piece of wood impaled in his back and then another one in his hind end and I wondered why he was standing so still, he just couldn't move because of the pressure of the wood that had impaled him," said Ledbetter. 

They also lost a cat and dog that day, but there are stories of survival. A horse named Sasha suffered serious injuries, but is expected to make a full recovery.

With the help of perfect strangers, the Ledbetter farm is on its way back to way things use to be.

"We're just going to take our time and get things done and try to help out people that really need it," said Ledbetter. 

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